Lindiwe Sisulu has been accused of performing a dramatic ‘flip-flop’ this week, after she ripped into South Africa’s Constitution and its alleged failure to improve the lives of disadvantaged citizens.

Lindiwe Sisulu’s views on the Constitution

Sisulu, a veteran of Parliament for the last 28 years, has chosen to blame the judiciary and the legislative framework of the land for Mzansi’s problems, rather than multiple government failures. Her attack on the Constitution has left many – including ACJ Raymond Zondo – shocked and stunned.

But the Tourism Minister is sticking to her guns. Sisulu has consulted with her legal team, after Zondo went public with his furious dressing-down of the senior politician.

So has Lindiwe Sisulu always been such a vehement opponent of our Constitution? The answer, quite resoundingly, is no. In fact, she even went and told the United Nations about how great the document was – as recently as 2018.

Watch: Turns out Lindiwe Sisulu did like the Constitution

Speaking about the ANC’s resolution to expropriate land without compensation, Sisulu praised the Constitution as a ‘democratic instrument’ that would facilitate positive changes for the public. The one-time presidential hopeful hailed it as a ‘guiding document’, that was ‘guided by the hand of Nelson Mandela’.

A total flip-flop, or an epiphany?

It’s a far-cry from the venomous article she wrote about the Constitution earlier this week, where she slammed the hallowed text for only benefitting the rich and powerful…

“What we have witnessed under a Supreme Constitution and the rule of law since 1994 has been the co-option and invitation of political power brokers to the dinner table, whose job is to keep the masses quiet in their sufferance while they dine caviar with colonised capital.”

“Today, in the high echelons of our judicial system are these mentally colonised Africans, who have settled with the worldview and mindset of those who have dispossessed their ancestors. They are only too happy to lick the spittle of those who falsely claim superiority.”

Lindiwe Sisulu

  • Indeed, it would now appear Lindiwe Sisulu is in conflict with herself, alongside the Constitution.



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